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Still at level 13 - yet skill tree completed.

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A bit bemused/bewildered. Have just finished the Spanish skill tree, yet am still at level 13. Where did I go wrong? What to do to reach a higher level?

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4 years ago
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https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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From what I've seen, it's possible to complete the skill tree with only a level 11 to show for it. (Just read the other posts - apparently level 10, romastutts tells us - good work!)

You get more points and levels through additional practice and through the translations, up to a maximum level of 25.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/erinerichard

I just finished the Spanish skill tree at level 11 and thought I did something horribly wrong, but this makes me feel better!

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I agree with quest42good. I already know a lot of Spanish and went straight to the test on most of the skills. I fished at level 10. The thing is I missed a lot of vocabulary and structures by skipping the lessons so I'm still finding it very worthwhile to go back and practice.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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My guess is you used the immersion very little. In fact, now it actually annoys me, I can reach level 25 easily by just plowing through a couple of very long articles, especially with this new tier system. You did nothing wrong, in fact depending on how you progressed it is actually the opposite.

A person who completes the tree at a very low level (level 8 is the lowest I've seen) is very proficient, and that means the person either cheated a lot, or has a very good understanding of both languages because they didn't repeat the content, did not practice a lot, and still managed to complete the tree. Of course there are other factors too, the time you took to complete it, and the external resources you used.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I got through Spanish at a low level because I just wanted to refresh and practice what I already know. I teach basic Spanish and don't often have the opportunity to use more complex sentence structures. Well, mainly I got so far so fast because I wanted to make sure I was familiar with what I was asking the kids to do, then I got addicted. I just started the French as a novice learner and it's a whole new ballgame. As a true learner it's taking a LOT more time and repetition to get through the skills.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Well, as a teacher you know how important reading is, duolingo still hasn't quite figured out a proper formula to show us texts after a couple of skills. It only shows it after you completed too many skills, and by then you're lost in the amount of texts. Old fables and stories often rely in future or past tense, making it complicated with duolingo which emphasizes present tense till a certain skill.

Reading is important whether you are in kindergarden or have a PhD, that's why I've now tried to balance reading/practice/lessons. The biggest issue is finding appropriate texts with a simple enough language we can understand using most of the vocabulary duolingo gradually teaches us.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
Caversham
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You are absolutely right. I found original copy more difficult to cope with than translations which is why am now reading Agatha Christie in French and Le Petit Prince in Spanish! Perverse? Probably! But hey, the proof of the pudding etc.

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https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I find it challenging to find authentic reading materials that my students can use. I think the conversational component is vital also. Do you know what happened to the speech recognition questions? I saw them when I first started doing Spanish a few weeks ago but don't see them anymore. I figured out that it was VERY lenient in what it would accept. Wonder if it is being tweaked now or if it was eliminated. I need it, because my French pronunciation was so bad that our French teacher thought I was just teasing him when I tried out my new skills.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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I agree, and I guess you/your students disabled it, click the little gear on the top right corner and reactivate the microphone.

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https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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Maybe it's just me. They have their own iPads and individual accounts. I'll see if I can get mine going and ask them if they are still getting those questions. Thank you!

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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"The biggest issue is finding appropriate texts(...)" Maybe you've heard of this site already, someone posted the link on the forums: www.readlang.com

I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good. And they also have a database with texts rated from easy to advanced. Worth a try, I think.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Thanks, I'll have a look at it. I've found some good texts in the past, but they tend to be copyrighted so I can't upload them to Duolingo.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quest42good
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There is nothing wrong about that. You just have to practice the learned skills, that's all. At each level you need a certain number of coins to level up. Coins are earned by practicing. Practice, and you will move to higher levels.

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

No big deal. Keep improving by reviewing skills, refreshing decayed lessons, studying Spanish elsewhere, doing some translations.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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The levels don't mean anything. They aren't actually levels at all, as they do not correlate in any way with specific learning/achievements. You aren't level one when you can use the present and level two when you can use the past simple and level three for past continuous etc. You get levels for a certain number of points. That could mean doing the first lesson over and over until you're blue in the face and never looking at anything else, or doing the whole tree and repeating some bits, or doing a bit of it and doing lots of translation.

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Reply24 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
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Right - got it! Consolidating is the name of the game. Had a look at translating - but unfortunately not thick-skinned enough to have my efforts mercilessly massacred. :-) Anyway, so far the Spanish has been useful and enjoyable, unlike one of the other languages - now dropped. Duo is an excellent complement for SaysomethinginSpanish.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
Caversham
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@Lucinda. Doing lesson one over and over again - reaching Level 25 that way. Why didn't I think of that? :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Well, I can't imagine anyone ever bothering, but theoretically it seems possible! Which does mean that the levels are not levels as any teacher would actually understand the term.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ohheyitslilly
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Do lesson practice often. If you complete just one you get 10 XP and you get more if you have any lives back. Now that you have finished the spanish tree, you could start using Immersion to get more XP.

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Reply4 years ago